Christian Brothers Academy senior guard Louie Pillari made a verbal commitment to play basketball for the United States Naval Academy, the senior guard told the Asbury Park Press.
Pillari, a six-foot-five and 185 pound guard, had Navy, Army, Pace and St. Thomas Aquinas College as his final four schools. He made unofficial visits to all four schools but only took one official visit and that was to Navy this past weekend.
“While I was there, I met a great group of players and everyone is pretty much a family there and the coaching staff is great too,” Pillari said. “I’ve had a great relationship with (associate head coach) Dan Earl and the entire coaching staff showed me how I would fit in when I get there.”
Pillari said Navy wants him to play shooting guard when he gets there but there is possibility he could be a combo guard in different situations. He still has one year left of high school basketball and he’ll be one of the important players for the Colts this winter.
“I have to be a leader this season and coach (CBA coach Geoff) Billet said he’s relying on me to make plays especially when we play some of the better teams,” Pillari said. “I don’t just want to make plays for myself but I want to make plays for my teammates, too.”
NJSIAA Girls Tennis
RED BANK CATHOLIC 4, SJ VIANNEY 1: Colette Gilbert led the way for the Caseys (7-7) at third singles after she defeated the Lancers (7-4) Leish Howe 6-1, 6-1. Rebecca Bauer also secured a team point at second singles after Katie McAlick retired with an injury after playing to 5-5 in the first set.
Alana Dileo and Giana Iannacone secured the third point of the match for the Caseys at second doubles after they defeated Marissa Payne and Kaitlyn O’Shaughnessy 6-0, 6-4. Eylee Earle and Kate Mazza also won their match at first doubles for the Caseys. Megan Giamo clinched the only team point of the match for the Lancers at first singles after she defeated Jenna Giordano 6-4, 6-0.The fourth-seeded Caseys will play at top-seeded Pingry on Thursday.
Also, the Notre Dame at Monsignor Donovan match that was postponed Monday will be played today at 2 p.m.